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Friendly and direct. That was the atmosphere during the first audience between Pope Francis and Polands new ambassador to the Holy See, Piotr Nowina-Konopka. The ambassador and the Pope talked about Syria, the canonization of John Paul II and the next WYD in Krakow. But what struck the ambassador most was the warm atmosphere of their meeting.   

PIOTR NOWINA-KONOPKA
Polish Ambassador to the Holy See
"I lost all nervousness. When you enter the Palace you start to be a bit nervous. It was over immediately since we met. The way he looks at you, the way he speaks... You feel as if you knew him for quite a long time.”

The Polish ambassador introduced his family and the embassy's staff to the Pope.

Pope Francis didn't miss the chance to joke with ambassador and his wife.

"Happily married for 38 years.”
"When I hear about a long marriage, I always ask, who puts up with who?”
"That's a very good question. It's true, she is the one who puts up with me.”
"He is very humble.”

The ambassador also said that the Pope's frankness reminds him of John Paul II.

PIOTR NOWINA-KONOPKA
Polish Ambassador to the Holy See
"He knows how to gain confidence with people. Maybe this is the word: confidence. You immediately have confidence. Some people cannot build it for some reasons, he knows how to do it.”

The Polish ambassador gave the Pope a version of "Ethics of Solidarity” in Spanish, which was authored by Polish philosopher Josef Tischner.

Flowers given to the Pope by the ambassador's grandchildren, were placed by an image of Our Lady. 


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